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How to Crack Climb

How to get started climbing cracks, from finger-size to the wide stuff, and the sizes in between. Also: How to use your feet in cracks.

Training

The Training Colossus—120 Articles On Absolutely Everything At Your Fingertips

Everything's here, from fingerboarding to power, endurance and strength training. Includes expert advice on getting stronger fingers, shoulders, abs, you name it and if you want to train it up, this soup-to-nuts compendium has it.

Technique

Moving Fast Means Climbing More: Alex Honnold’s Favorite Efficiency Tricks

Honnold is famous for (among other things) cramming as much climbing as he can into each day. To do so, he's developed some efficiency tricks that the rest of us can imitate.

Injury Prevention

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Weekend Whippers

Gear

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How To Choose, Fit And Break In Rock Shoes

Stop wasting your money on shoes that don't fit or are painful or fail you. Don't be disappointed again. Here's how to buy what' just right, just for you.

People

Alex Honnold, Free Soloist, Star of Academy-Award-Winning Documentary Free Solo

The fearless American free soloist brought climbing into the limelight, and upped the risk ante so high it may never be surpassed.

Knots

Using trace eight knot to connect climbing harness to rope.

Essential Climbing Knots — The Complete Guide

Seven essential climbing knots to learn first: The Trace Eight, Prusik, Clove Hitch, Ring Bend, Double Fisherman's, Girth Hitch, and Figure-Eight On A Bight.

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Our Reader's Most Popular Article

Weekend Whipper: Ice Soloist Lets Go of Both Axes and Decks. (He Lives.)

There are two miracles in this week's whipper: 1) He survived. 2) He caught the fall on video.

Readers, please send your Weekend Whipper videos, information, and any lessons learned to Anthony Walsh, awalsh@outsideinc.com.

Last week, on a solo ice-climbing trip in the Northeast, Kyle Harris had a very close call.

He was climbing Green Chasm (WI 3) in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch: a long gully with a lot of snow climbing and a few steps of ice. “I was getting a little over confident in my feet and didn’t engage fully with my left foot,” Harris wrote to Climbing in an email. “Once I stood up, I knew I wanted to go to the right and needed to get my tools to that side. After going over my right hand I realized it would tangle me, so I let go to pass the tool/lanyard through and, at that moment, that poorly-placed left foot came back to get me.”

Harris fell backwards, somersaulting once, before he was able to self arrest in the steep snow with his ice axe. “I would say obviously my lesson learned is to pay better attention to my feet, however I initially shared the video because of the self-arrest,” Harris said. Though not an adequate substitution for good footwork while free soloing, Harris said self-arresting is an important mountain skill and should be “practiced until the action is second nature.” We agree—though a rope would have helped, too!

Happy Friday, and be safe out there this weekend.

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